Iraq: Daesh car bomb in Karbala kills 8, injures 20

8th Jun 2016
Iraq: Daesh car bomb in Karbala kills 8, injures 20

By Ali Jawad

BAGHDAD (AA) – At least eight people were killed and another 20 injured by a bomb that went off Tuesday in a residential district of Iraq’s southern city of Karbala, according to witnesses. Daesh has claimed responsibility claiming it has killed 30 people. Separate bombings in and around the capital killed another seven civilians on Tuesday, police said.

Witnesses told Anadolu Agency that security forces had cordoned off the blast site while ambulances were ferrying the injured to nearby hospitals.

Images of the scene posted on social-media websites by local activists showed columns of smoke rising from the area, near the governor of Karbala’s home in the city centre, located some 5 kilometers from the Shia Muslim shrines of Al-Hussein and Al-Abbas.

Nassif al-Khatabi, head of Karbala’s provincial council, told Anadolu Agency that the carnage had been the “result of a car-bomb attack”.

He was unable to provide any additional information, however, regarding the number of dead and injured.

Ali Abo-Rezig contributed to this report from Ankara

Additional reporting by The Muslim News

 

[Photo: Smoke from one of the buildings bomebed by Daesh. From social media. Abu Ruqayyah]

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